No water before 6 months
Your breast milk has everything including water that your baby needs until around 6 months of age. Breast-fed babies do not need extra water, even in summer or extreme heat. Water and juices are unnecessary for your child if he/she is below 6 months of age as they can introduce microorganisms and other contaminants into his/her body and cause diseases.
Water, glucose water, formula and other fluids should not be given to exclusively breastfed babies unless ordered by your child’s doctor during medical conditions.
Introduce water after 6 months
Water can be given to your baby once he/she starts having solid food. After 6 months of age, water is the best drink for your baby as:
- Water is cheap and freely available.
- It has no sugar, artificial colours or flavours.
- It helps protect against tooth decay.
Make sure you use water that has been boiled well and cooled.